Tournament poker returned to Atlantic City in a big way this last with the The Return – A Borgata Championship Event. The series consisted of four different tournaments, including a $5,300 Championship Event, a $2,200 Mystery Bounty, and a $2,100 Bounty Event.
Here’s a look at the winners from those three tournaments:
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team was on-site to offer live updates from all three of those events. Here’s a look at five of the more interesting hands captured in our live updates at the Borgata The Return.
Wang Makes Quads to Double Through Zamani
In Level 1 (100/100/100) on Day 1a of the $5,300 Championship, PokerNews got to the table just as a massive pot was brewing between Martin Zamani on the button and Michael Wang in the small blind.
On a board of , Zamani was seen moving all in and Wang quickly called with a slightly smaller stack before tabling for quads. It was an early cooler as Zamani showed for trips after turning a flush draw.
Another player at the table revealed he folded the fourth four in the deck with .
Zack Wins Set Over Set
Also on Day 1a, albeit in Level 9 (600/1,200/1,200), Dan Zack was on the button in a heads-up pot against an early position opponent on a board of .
The opponent bet 22,600 on the turn and Zack called. The river completed the board and the opponent bet 47,000. Zack sat motionless before announcing all in to send his opponent into the tank.
The opponent gave a frustrated laugh and eventually called off for his final 25,000. Zack showed for jacks full of fives and the opponent was forced to show for a lower full house after both players had flopped sets.
“I Flopped Him Dead!”: Buckner Flops Quads
In Level 8 (500/1,000/1,000) of Day 1 in the $2,100 Bounty Event right before the dinner break, Steve Buckner raised and an opponent three-bet jammed a stack of 19,000. Buckner called with a bigger stack.
The flop of got Buckner screaming as he had flopped quads. “I flopped him dead!” Buckner celebrated as the board finished out .
“You know I love you, Cuz,” Buckner told the unfortunate opponent as he picked up another bounty.
“Frankie the Fish” Puts a Beat on Anderson
On Day 1 of the $2,100 Bounty Event, it was Level 9 (600/1,200/1,200) when Francis Anderson was all in against Sung “Frankie the Fish” Lee, who had him covered.
Sung “Frankie the Fish” Lee:
The flop landed to give Anderson a set but to leave Lee some hope with a gutshot. The board then ran out for Lee to hit his straight and Anderson went out in painful fashion.
Earlier in the week, Anderson finished eighth in the $2,200 Mystery Bounty Event for $104,084 after a nine-handed chop.
“You Got Red-Pilled”: Levy Doubles After Wong Randomizes
On Day 2 of the $2,100 Bounty Event, it was Level 23 (20,000/40,000/40,000) when She Wong opened to 65,000 from under the gun and Simon Levy three-bet jammed for 280,000 from the big blind. The bigger-stacked Wong was unsure what to do and eventually resorted to randomness as he shuffled a mix of red and blue chips.
“If I pull red, I call. If I pull blue, I’m folding,” Wong said. He looked away and his hand hovered over a blue chip before fate had him eventually land on red for a call.
“You got red-pilled,” laughed Scott Bohlman.
Levy was able to survive the flip as the board ran out and he earned the double thanks to Wong’s random decision.
“I’m glad you called now,” Levy said. “I was upset at first!”
Bohlman Drowned on the River
With just six players remaining in the $2,100 Bounty, it was Level 28 (50,000/100,000/100,000) when Scott Bohlman was all in as the short stack against chip leader Mitchell Garshofsky.
Bohlman took a big lead when the flop landed , but the board then finished out for an eight on the river to send Bohlman out in gut-wrenching fashion.
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